JAMMU, Feb 14: Former minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla has alleged that BJP has caused great damage to social and secular fabric in J&K and the country.
While interacting with people in Chuadi area of Gandhinagar constituency today, Bhalla said there is no Higher Secondary school in the area and students have to cover seven to eight kilometres to get education. The roads are in shambles. Water supply in the area is highly erratic and people have to wait for days together to get water supply. He said that BJP Govt failed to address burning demands of the area and the development projects which were initiated by Congress Govt were not taken care of resulting in immense sufferings of people of the area.
The PCC leader alleged that National Highway Authority of India had approved two flyovers at Greater Kailash near Sainik Colony and Kunjwani Chowk during the regime of previous Government which could not be taken up even after lapse of five years, reasons best known to the present Government. Several people joined Congress on this occasion.
Bhalla urged the Govt to consider the long pending demands including regularization and regular wages of agitating daily wagers, need based, ITI trained, CP workers and other such categories of workers in PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control and other Departments. Extending support to the agitating workers, Bhalla said that PHE workers of various categories who were working for the past several years on meagre wages. He regretted that the UT Administration has not appreciated their genuine demands, as a result they have chosen path of protest and agitation and suspended work. This has affected the water supply in most parts in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhalla urged upon the UT Administration to concede their long pending demands and restore water supply in the larger interest of general public. He also demanded that all genuine demands of the PHE employees of various categories be addressed, in a time bound manner.
He sought sympathetic view on their demands, at the earliest, since their families and children are facing great hardships in the absence of any regular payments of wages and lack of regularization policy.
Meanwhile, Ch Mohd Aslam, chairman JKPCC ST department nominated Sobat Ali Choudhary Corporator Ward 74, as vice chairman of the ST department and handed over him the appointment letter in presence of Bhalla.